Hartford based 10-piece West End Blend continue to impress fans wherever they go, delighting with an uproar of musical energy and delicious grooves. Today, the CT based band releases their newest album, Say Hey! The new EP captures that musical magic in recorded format, and the result is simply electricWe’re honored to have the premiere on this brand new album, showcasing West End Blend’s triumphant sonic style. Listen to it below, and be sure to read on for lead singer Erica T. Bryan’s full reflection on the new release.One obvious difference between Say Hey! and West End Blend’s other releases is, of course, the absence of a rapper. I think this past year has been about learning how to move on with our sound after such a big change, and we wanted a record that reflects the group as it is now. In doing so, we’ve had to make clear adjustments to the way we do things, and one of the more subtle but crucial differences between then and now is production.It’s amazing to see how invested we’ve all become in the entire production process after recognizing what we could have done differently with the last records; with this recent release we took greater care to be organized before hitting the studio, experimenting and getting what we wanted during studio time to make the most of it, and being honest with ourselves about what we could improve on or adjust for future live performances. Anyone in the band will tell you I’m a perfectionist, and I know it’s made my life so much easier this time around to not be kicking myself for not trying things. There is always a point after-the-fact when I’m wondering why I didn’t speak up about this or that when I had the chance; this time, I think I got what I wanted out of my own voice and my own writing more so than the other releases, and I think others in the band could probably relate to that feeling.Since establishing our core members, communicating with each other that way has been of greater importance than ever before, and our writing process has evolved a great deal lately. We’re writing and thinking more instinctively, all contributing, but still trusting each other and holding ourselves accountable for our own sections–rhythm section vs. horn section vs. vocals–to come up with a great addition to each new piece of music. More of the writers in the group, myself included, are learning when we need to take a step back and simply let a song of ours go where it’s going to go, let it truly become what it’s meant to be, which is, actually, a West End Blend song.This season’s big tour is something that we all recognized as an exciting possibility, but maybe a distant possibility, and it’s come along much sooner than most of us expected. In all honesty, the past year has been a whirlwind of unexpected, unbelievable opportunities; this summer’s shows have taken us to so many new places with so many new people that every once in awhile I need a moment to catch up. Now this fall it seems we’re suddenly met with a chance to go even further than we’ve ever gone before, promoting a new record with artists we’ve looked up to for years, like The Nth Power, Dopapod, Big Mean Sound Machine, and so many others. It’s definitely scary, and an unbelievable rush. Since joining forces with Mitch Moriber and Eli Novicky of Tone Wheel Music Group, who happen to be long-time friends of ours, we now have not only more outlets and more opportunities to share our music on a much wider scale, but also a pair of impartial judges outside of the band to help us weed through the madness of ten headstrong opinions; it’s something that’s proven to be indispensable for a large group like ours, and really helps us stay focused on making the music we love.Over the past year, it’s become more apparent that we are involved in a very special, very deeply-rooted, musical neighborhood. We’re making music and connections within this giant, talented circuit of funk and soul musicians, and, as other members of West End Blend and I have agreed, we are obviously new kids on the block, and have a lot to learn. I think on the whole we are more committed now than before because we know this really isn’t going away. It’s a fixture in our lives and a part of every decision we make. We’re all a part of this thing that just won’t stop growing if we don’t allow it to, and I don’t think I would have it any other way.West End Blend will be celebrating the new album with an exciting three-night EP Release run, including a show tonight in their hometown venue Arch Street Tavern with Hayley Jane & The Primates. The band will also collaborate with special guests from Turkuaz at The Hall At MP in Brooklyn, NY tomorrow night, and will play Nectar’s in Burlington, VT on Saturday. Check out the schedule below, and head to the band’s Facebook for details.West End Blend EP Release Dates9/28: Hartford CT – Arch Street Tavern w/ Hayley Jane & The Primates (EP Release Show)9/29: Brooklyn, NY – The Hall at MP featuring special guests from Turkuaz (EP Release Show)10/1: Burlington, VT – Nectar’s w/ Headband ft. members of Dopapod and Turkuaz (EP Release Show)
By Dialogo April 27, 2012 SANTIAGO, Chile — In the first day of his visit to Chile, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta discussed with his counterpart Andrés Allamand ongoing and emerging issues, from drug trafficking to cyber security, that the countries plan to address as partners. “The United States and Chile are neighbors, we are friends, and we have built a longstanding defense relationship founded on mutual respect, shared values and the goal of advancing peace and stability in this hemisphere and beyond,” Panetta said during a joint news conference April 26 with Allamand. “This shared goal has been the focus of my meetings throughout Latin America,” the secretary added, “and it was the focus of my meetings [April 26] with President Sebastián Piñera and Minister Allamand.” Chile is the third South American country Panetta has visited this week, after successful meetings with counterparts and officials in Colombia and Brazil. Panetta said he and Allamand continued a discussion that began last month in Washington in which they considered how to enhance collaboration in areas of key interest to both nations. The areas include enhancing the security capacity of nations in the hemisphere, countering illicit drug trafficking, meeting humanitarian needs, and working together on issues like cyber security. Panetta also hailed Chile’s role in Operation Martillo, a multinational counter-narcotics effort. “Chile is making an important contribution to this effort,” Panetta said, “and earlier today the United States announced that, as part of Operation Martillo, our forces conducted a major drug bust off the coast of Panama, seizing [US]$362 million worth of cocaine.” “These are the kinds of results that strong partnerships can deliver,” he added. [Defense.gov, 26/04/2012; Latercera.com (Chile), 26/04/2012]
Bath, Ind.— A Monday accident at Hetrick and Springfield Roads resulted in minor injuries to seven people.A report from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department says a vehicle driven by Ruben Sanchez, 29, of Hamilton, Ohio, failed to stop at a stop sign the intersection at 6 p.m. and collided with a vehicle driven by John Rosenberger, 55, of Bath. The impact caused Sanchez’s vehicle to flip onto its top.Sanchez and passengers, Stephanie Pena, 25, Camila Andres, 8, Carolyn Andres, 7 and Carla Andres, 6, were transported by EMS to McCullough-Hyde Hospital in Oxford, Ohio for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Rosenberger was transported to a local hospital by personal vehicle with non-life threatening injuries.
Arsenal winger, Bukayo Saka, is yet to make up his mind about playing for Nigeria in the future. The player has been under severe pressure to dump his place of birth, England for parents heritage Nigeria. The versatile forward was born in England to Nigerian parents and has featured for the European country’s youth side at various levels. Having not played for the Three Lions at senior level, however, the 18-year-old is still eligible to represent the West Africans. The forward has been in fine form for the Gunners in the 2019-20 season, scoring three goals and providing 11 assists in 38 games across all competitions and could be rewarded with an international call-up soon. Saka stated he is open to representing the Super Eagles and the Three Lions but admitted he is yet to make up his mind on the country of his choice. “It’s a tough choice. I’m happy to have represented England at youth level but I’m also proud of my Nigerian heritage from my parents,” Saka told Sky Sports. “We haven’t been picked by any team so it’s about staying humble and when the time comes we’ll make the decision.” President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick recently stated the federation will not beg the winger or any player to represent the Super Eagles, although he revealed the forward will be welcomed if he decides to play for the three-time African Champions. Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooGorgeous Asian Actresses All Men Are Crazy AboutWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Can Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Netflix Shows Cancelled Because They Don’t Get The RatingsA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Amazing Characters We Wish Were Official Disney Princesses Chelsea and England players Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham have previously turned down a chance to play for the Super Eagles. The likes of Victor Moses, Alex Iwobi and Shola Ameobi have featured for the youth teams of England before pleading their allegiances to the West Africans. Saka is also delighted with his development under manager Mikel Arteta and praised the Spanish tactician. “Being young and at a big club if you are in the team over an experienced professional the manager is basically telling you without speaking that I believe in you,” he continued. “[He’s saying] go and do what you can do and that belief gives me so much confidence. Arteta is so detailed and clear and a lot of the players will tell you we are learning from him. “I feel like we’re going in the right direction and we’re working hard to hit the ground running next season.” read also:Saka celebrates Arsenal’s new No7 shirt Saka was promoted to the Gunners first team in 2018 and made his debut in a Europa League match against Vorskla Poltava. The winger, who recently signed a new contract with Arsenal, has since become a key member of the Gunners squad and will hope to help his side finish the 2019-20 Premier League season with a victory against Watford on Sunday. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading…
BUSINESS entity Trophy Stall has thrown its support towards the development of Under-19 cricket in Essequibo.The support will go towards the staging of a three-match Under-18 50-over tournament to be played between the New Opportunity Sports Club Select XI and Wakenaam.The three-match series, which is set to commence tomorrow at the Wakenaam Community Centre ground in Good Success, is an initiative between senior coaches Forbes Daniels and Nandkishore Andrews.Proprietor of the business entity, Ramesh Sunich, has donated the first- and second-place trophies.Sunich, in an invited comment, said he is happy to contribute to the development of the game in the area, and lauded the coaches for the venture.Zaheer Mohamed, who received the prizes on behalf of the coaches, expressed gratitude to Sunich for his support.The Wakenaam side includes: Marlon Dindyal, Bhumeshwar Ramkissoon, Romario Stephen, Dicquan Clarke, Beesham Moses, Reon Venture, David Chalitar, Mahase Ramnarine, Devendra Seetaram, Quacy Whyte, Derwin Bacon, Sachin Dindyal and Matthew Chung.The New Opportunity Sports Club Select XI will have players such as Orlando Jailall, Shane Wong, Davendra Mohan, Sherlon Anthony and Saeed Hack.